One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural paddies, Plural Paddies
1A field where rice is grown.
- ‘She was a three-month-old baby elephant, too small to keep up when her group had been caught raiding a paddy field and driven into the forest.’
- ‘On one side of the road in what looked like a paddy field after recent heavy rains a pheasant picked its way fussily around as though scared of getting its feet wet.’
- ‘According to the report, there were three massive cases of pollution, causing the death of vegetable fields, rice paddies and forests.’
- ‘The geographical location of the paddy field made the expanse of land that it encompasses brim with surprises - with never ending tales of its own.’
- ‘The countryside is beautiful, with farmhouses and rice paddies in the valleys, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.’
- ‘Cadmium contamination is a worldwide problem, especially in Asia's flooded soils - called paddies - in which rice is grown.’
- ‘The background, with hills covered by pine trees on one side of the road and stretches of blue sea on the other side, makes viewing the paddy field soothing to the eyes.’
- ‘Sighting a snake in a jungle could be difficult, but if you visited a paddy field in the rural areas, you could find hundreds of them, Mr. Whitaker said.’
- ‘Although the entire town was farmland, he would go to the plowing fields and rice paddies and work until dusk.’
- ‘Encouraging farmers in Thung Yai to grow rice in permanent paddies is also against the Pwo concept of land use because it implies ownership of the land.’
- ‘The government said on Monday the typhoon had affected 287,877 acres of farm land out of a total 4.67 million acres, flooding rice paddies and battering fruit and vegetable fields.’
- ‘The pitch was waterlogged before the start and continuous heavy rain meant it resembled a paddy field long before the end.’
- ‘The open landscape is harmoniously composed of grain fields, rice paddies, orchards, rape fields and vineyards.’
- ‘Ronnie Robb was walking through a paddy field in the foothills of the Himalayas when the wasp stung him.’
- ‘‘It was like a huge group of grasshoppers surrounding a paddy field, ready to ravage the grains,’ the report said.’
- ‘We found a wonderful little pagoda in the middle of rice paddies and tobacco fields in the village of Wuping.’
- ‘At the base of the mountains, the land is green with fields and rice paddies; up above, lush drifts of cloud forest circle the high elevations; to the north and east is the shore of the Caspian Sea.’
- ‘Tall concrete buildings, trucks, and tuk-tuks, softly lit by the sun's early morning glow, are soon replaced by brown rice paddies, green fields, and tall, arching trees.’
- ‘The trenches also serve as cutoff drains between shrimp ponds and rice paddies and as wastewater drains for returning water from the shrimp ponds back to the irrigation canals.’
- ‘But he did not receive water from the government irrigation scheme in time, the paddy field dried out and he could not get a good harvest.’
- 1.1 Rice before threshing or in the husk.
- ‘The six-week programmes conducted by these schools include those on paddy, cotton, groundnut and pulses.’
- ‘The 38-year-old rice-grower plans to convert his 2,000 square metres of rice paddy into fruit orchards.’
- ‘This would help the consumer, producer and the poor women who process paddy and sell rice.’
- ‘The waters in these three rivers irrigate the plains of Punjab, which produce most of the wheat and paddy that Indians eat and, if any left, export.’
- ‘After weeks in the heat and dust of the plains, we smelt for the first time the chlorophyll scent of ripe crops: terrace upon terrace of salad-green rice paddy.’
- ‘Farmers across the north and northeast of the country are rushing to plant off-season paddy in the hope of gaining extra revenue from rising rice prices, according to the Office of Agricultural Economics.’
- ‘The paddy is the rice as it comes from the plant through the harvester, when this goes through the mill, this husk is removed which leaves brown rice, and then further milling will turn this into white rice.’
- ‘The heavy rainfall is also conducive to growing rice paddy in flatter areas.’
- ‘In October 2002, the State Government had revised the water rates for sugarcane, paddy, wheat, cotton, groundnut, sunflower and other crops.’
- ‘Her grandparents cultivated paddy and always gave away the best quality rice to people who came to them seeking charity.’
- ‘Also, conventionally, paddy remains in water throughout the season.’
- ‘In view of the damage caused to the crops such as paddy, bajra etc, the government would declare drought so that relief could be extended to the affected farmers.’
- ‘India is self-sufficient in wheat and paddy but deficient in other agricultural produce.’
- ‘The FCI has a capacity to store 106.66 lakh tonnes of wheat and paddy, he said.’
- ‘The government therefore has frozen rice procurement price at the 2002 level of Rs 6.10 for a kilogram of rice paddy.’
- ‘They include an overflowing measure of paddy or rice, coconuts, fruits, a lamp, a mirror, and other objects.’
- ‘It is possible that the total production from a hectare of rice paddy is less than 350 kilograms?’
- ‘Young coconuts and clay jugs were positioned above the stage, which was decorated with sugarcane leaves, paddy, garlic and chilies.’
- ‘There are paddy, cucumbers and long beans that are ready for the harvest.’
- ‘A pinewood house with a shiny tin roof awaits his family of nine, as well as a plot of rice paddy.’
Early 17th century: from Malay pādī.
nounPlural paddies, Plural PaddiesBritish
A fit of temper.‘John drove off in a paddy’
fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysmrage, fit of anger, fit of rage, fit of temper, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, towering rage, temper, bad temper, pet, fit of pique, tantrum, fury, frenzy, paroxysm, passion, bad mood, moodView synonyms
- ‘I know I'm sounding like some kid having a paddy but my point still stands.’
- ‘With that she threw a paddy and put the phone down on him.’
- ‘Crooks explained: ‘He had a bit of a paddy but he's realised that if he is going to stay at the club he has to go along with what I tell him.’’
- ‘When they weren't, I started looking through the back of the green and was in a bit of a paddy because I thought I had lost my ball.’
- ‘I wouldn't exactly say he's straight with me either, but at least he doesn't run off in a paddy.’
Late 19th century: from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack ‘Irishman (given to brawling’).
nounPlural paddies, Plural Paddiesinformal, derogatory
An Irishman (often as a form of address).
Late 18th century: pet form of the Irish given name Padraig.
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